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Rampant again Lions take glory in a close-fought game

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June 15, 2017

Dylan Scopel takes an overhead mark in the back pocket.

Xavier Mcmahon taking his turn in the ruck.

Seymour is back on the winners’ list after a convincing 44-point win over Benalla.

After back-to-back defeats against Kyabram and Euroa, the Seymour faithful were out hoping for a scalp.

Seymour was on the break and Saad Saad opened the scoring within the first minute with a set shot from the goal square.

Andrew Sturgess followed it up moments later with a regulation goal from a free kick.

The Lions brought a physicality to the contest and looked to pressure Benalla on and off the ball.

Benalla had answers for Seymour early and was quick to get on the scoreboard through Neil Warnock.

With the ball in the Seymour forward pocket, Saad gave away a careless 50m penalty after approaching a Benalla player from behind the mark.

The umpires kept their lips on the whistle for most of the first quarter as both sides accrued and gave away free kicks and the ball remained tied up in the contest.

It took a fired-up Ben Clifton to break the deadlock.

Clifton broke free from the pack to kick a goal on the run when the Lions were looking for someone to lift.

Seymour closed out the quarter with a five-point lead in a game that looked to be very evenly matched.

The Lions came out hard and fast after the break, piling on five unanswered goals to start the quarter.

It was a dominant display by the Lions who looked like they might run away with the match.

Benalla eventually replied with a goal at the 12-minute mark.

The Lions finished the quarter with eight goals to the Saints’ two, to take a 40-point lead into the half-time break.

Seymour headed into the rooms with the game in its control but the Saints refused to stay out of the match.

Benalla took to the field in the third quarter looking to stage a turnaround.

The Saints kicked the first three goals and didn’t look to let up as the match gave in to their control.

Harry Wheeler got the Lions on the scoreboard and Mitch Mclean followed it up with a second, before Benalla piled on another three unanswered goals.

With the momentum in its favour, Seymour needed a player to take charge and Clifton was there again.

He kicked another superb goal when the Lions needed it most and looked to be on the ropes.

The Saints won the quarter seven goals to three to bring the game back to within three goals.

It was shaping up for a photo finish as playing-coach Brent Colbert gave a speech to his men at three-quarter time.

The Lions needed to take control of the game back if they were going to win and when they came back out, they did just that.

Clifton again took the game into his own hands kicking the first goal of the quarter within 40 seconds of the opening bounce.

The Lions were inspired and kicked another to make the Saints work hard.

Benalla managed to get two back but Seymour was intent on winning convincingly.

Back in charge, the Lions kicked four unanswered goals to close out the match.

Score: Seymour 20.13 (133) d Benalla 13.11 (89)

Goals: S. Saad, R. Scopel, B. Clifton 3; H. Wheeler, H, Robertson, A. Sturgess 2; R. Clarke, J. O’Brien, X. McMahon, R. Clarke, M. Mclean.

Best: Not listed.

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